The OLIVE Film Collection

OLIVE stands for the Online Library of Interactive Video and Engagement and is the world’s most diverse collection of short films about mental health issues. The library grows each month through our monthly short film competition, and each year through our Voices With Impact short film production grants.

We share these films as educational resources. As works of art, they can elicit strong responses. Please take care of yourself while watching these films! We’ve created these guides as resources for you when watching the OLIVE films alone, with friends, with your children and/or with your students.

These films are provided here for personal viewing or facilitation in small groups. If you want to use these in more structured programs, please fill out this form for official use.

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE Alone or With FriendsGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Solo o Con Amigos

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE With Your Students or ChildrenGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Con Sus Estudiantes o Hijos

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Supercalifragilistic
Feb
2023
Supercalifragilistic is a cinepoem that explores spoken-word poet Daniel Mark Patterson's intimate mental health issues and the challenges of navigating the mental health system. Sometimes, the consequence of finally being diagnosed is almost as debi...
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Jan
2023
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A woman struggling with depression takes a bath and realizes how similar struggling with mental illness is to water that drowns. Content heads-up: discussion of how it feels to be living with active symptoms of depression
Breaking Through the Darkness
Nov
2022
Finding hope in the most unconventional of ways, Anthony "Lamaroc" Lawang shares his unique story of dealing with depression and suicidal tendencies through breakdancing. Content heads-up: discuss...
Blue Garden (trailer)
Dec
2022
Blue Garden is a 5 minute hybrid/mixed-media film that retells the history of a Japanese Canadian fisherman who was forced to work on a tomato farm during the WW2 internment. The film explores how trauma can fester and family stories can remain unspo...
PROMISE
Dec
2022
PROMISE
An experimental dance film exploring one person’s abuse of their opioid prescription following the death of their husband, and their eventual attempt to find recovery. Content heads-up: Movement-based references to use of pills
Until Our Spirits Meet Again
Dec
2022
A young Ojibwe boy walks with the spirit of his late father on a four night journey to the afterlife as they both reckon with their grief along the way. Content heads-up: Implied loss of a father
Save the Queen
Dec
2022
Save the Queen
The lad just likes a pint down the pub, a laugh, a good knees up – nothing wrong with that, is there? Save the Queen is a spoken word film exploring the undertones of British drinking culture through the reality of a young man hovering on the edge ...
Bloom
Dec
2022
Bloom
A short documentary that follows the story of Dillon, his experience with substance use disorder and his journey to improve his life and his community. Content heads-up: Discussion of DUI, alcohol use, systemic racism, stigma
Paper Planes (trailer)
Dec
2022
Paper Planes (trailer)
Vellum’s confidence erodes after losing his father and as sixth-grade graduation approaches, the local bullies try to keep him grounded while his small circle of friends do everything they can to lift him up. Content heads-up: Implication of...
Once Upon A Time… (trailer)
Dec
2022
Through the lens of a fairytale, she presents to her class, a young girl shares the reality of her life living with an alcoholic parent. Content heads-up: Depiction of alcohol use, child exposed to intoxicated adults, child taking on a parenta...
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